DISTRICT 8 COUNCILMAN MANNY PELAEZ CONDUCTED A SECOND SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP at Hardberger Park’sUrban Ecology Center. In response to requests from constituents for safety measures, Pelaez held the free workshop in October to teach both adults and children hands-on self-defense techniques; instructors were from the Kenseido Dojo. Future classes are possible.

NEW AIRLINE FLIGHTS AND ROUTES ANNOUNCED for San Antonio International Airport include the Mexico-based low-cost airline Volaris. The air service recently announced a two-hour nonstop flight directly to Mexico City. The airline, which also flies three days a week from the airport to Guadalajara, will offer this new service to the Mexican capital seven days a week. Frontier Airlines has also announced a new, non-stop flight to Colorado Springs, Colorado, three days a week. American Airlines also recently announced new non-stop service to Philadelphia International Airport. These daily flights begin in February.

SEVERAL LOCAL PLAYERS HAVE BEEN TAPPED FOR THE SAN ANTONIO SPORTS ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAME, set for Jan. 6 at the Alamodome. This year’s clash will be the 40th between players from across the city, designated as East and West teams. It will be held after the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl and presented by H-E-B. Players are nominated by their coaches and chosen by a selection committee. Area players earning a spot on this year’s West team are tight end Ben Sims, Clark High School; running back Diego Vela and offensive tackle Ryan Booth, from Churchill High School; and wide receiver/running back/defensive back Vincent Taylor and defensive tackle Samuel Brooks from Lee High School. Tickets are $20 per person, available at the Alamodome box office.

A CLARK HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE IS SERVING ABOARD the Navy’s newest submarine, the USS Washington. Cmdr. Gabriel Cavazos, a 1994 grad, took his post aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine in early October. The Washington is the 14th Virginia-class submarine to be put into service.

CASTLE HILLS NAMED SHARON PILLET AS ITS 2017 Citizen of the Year. Pillet, a longtime resident, was recognized in October for her participation in Castle Hills events and policies, as well as support of city programs.

HOLLYWOOD PARK PARTNERED WITH A NEW SANITATION CONTRACTOR, with services beginning in October. Tiger Sanitation has taken over the collection of both trash and recycling waste. New bins were distributed at the end of September. Collection times began at their normal time, 7:30 a.m. each Friday. Residents are encouraged to contact Tiger Sanitation with questions about services or missed pickups at 210-333-4287.

EISENHOWER MIDDLE SCHOOL CELEBRATED NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH with a series of events from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Students, teachers and faculty members at the North East Independent School District campus took part in the monthlong celebration, which culminated with a speaking engagement by civil rights activist Richard Avena. The father of Eisenhower teacher Rebecca Clark, Avena spoke to students about working alongside Hispanic rights activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, as well as marching alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SHAVANO PARK RESIDENTS CAN NOW USE AN ONLINE SERVICE to request and obtain permits to trim oak trees. The city recently partnered with Civil Systems Inc. The winter tree-trimming period is scheduled for Dec. 1 to Jan. 1. Those interested in obtaining a permit need to create an online account at

JULIA BILHARTZ HAS JOINED CENTURY 21 SCOTT MYERS REALTORS as a sales associate, specializing in San Antonio residential sales. She is a Girl Scout troop leader and is active in the PTA at her children’s school.

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